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Expect the WVU Freshmen to Play More Soon, Okonkwo Redshirt Status Addressed

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As WVU head coach Bob Huggins was talking with the media on Wednesday morning from Charleston, South Carolina, he spoke about the current freshman class and what’s next for them.

So far this season, guards Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson are the two freshman that have received playing time. Johnson has played in 21 combined minutes between the Oakland and Pitt games last week. Wilson appeared in the Oakland game for five minutes last Tuesday. Other freshmen Jamel King and James Okonkwo have yet to check into the game for the Mountaineers.

Huggins said on Wednesday that he expects to play three-to-four freshmen this season.

“Before it’s all said and done, we’re going to play three-to-four freshmen,” Huggins said. “They’re just getting better and better in practice every day.”

It seems like the coaching staff does not know what to do with Okonkwo, due to his youth and his foot injury last month. Okonkwo has worked out the last couple of days and has participated in shoot around with the team in both games last week.

Huggins has went back-and-forth on deciding if he wants the England native to redshirt. On Wednesday, the West Virginia coach had an update on Okonkwo and his redshirt status.

“I’m not at the point where I can tell you yes, or no,” Huggins said. “We can play him a game or two and still redshirt him.”

Huggins also mentioned that Okonkwo has a better skill set than any of the current big men on the team.

With the freshmen starting to get adjusted into the system, there’s a lot to be excited with this class.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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